Gallery: Switzerland to Launch Self-Destructing “Janitor” Satellite to ...


In the last century earthlings have launched innumerable satellites into the atmosphere – most of which are still floating around messing with operational equipment circling the Earth. Fortunately, Switzerland just announced plans to launch a satellite in the next three to five years that will clean up all that space junk. Dubbed CleanSpace One, the $11 million satellite will remove unwanted objects from the atmosphere by grabbing a hold of them and jettisoning itself and the object into the Earth’s atmosphere, where they will both burn up upon re-entry.

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  1. Gr82bgreen October 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    $11million is an awful lot for one potshot at a single piece of debris, when there are 15999 left to clamp and destroy: What is the impact on our atmosphere with every launch and re-entry.

    Surely there ought to be a tax paid for every launch which is pooled together to create a fund for the collective gathering of rubbish.

    Maybe the creation of a programmable device that attaches itself to a piece of junk then eats it’s matter so it essentially dissolves ( sort of like a metal consuming parasite).

    It could involve a unified manned mission which releases the devices to combat the most threatening pieces of junk.

    So much rubbish all over the planet, in the oceans and floating around it. Shameful and depressing treatment of our life vessel.

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